The wind-up of the Valhalla Art, Music and Theatre Festival season is coming up Aug. 11-18. The highlight of the final week of the festival comes Wednesday when the Wild and Scenic Film Festival on Tour is presented. This is a membership event for Valhalla. Valhalla Tahoe is a small non-profit organization with the dual-purpose of historic preservation of the Heller Estate (Valhalla) and offering arts programming to the community. Along with Patagonia, the Wild and Scenic Film Festival sponsors small non-profits to host the film festival as a membership-building event. Valhalla has selected an evening of family-friendly adventure and environmental films to inspire, educate and entertain.
Valhalla also has a close partnership with the United States Forest Service (USFS) that owns the Valhalla Property. Valhalla works with the USFS on historic preservation and improvements to the site. The USFS also manages many of the public lands in the Tahoe Basin, including the Wilderness Areas. 2014 is the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Preservation act, a landmark piece of legislation that protects large tracts of wild lands from development and other encroachments in perpetuity. The USFS Tahoe Basin Management Unit will be on site for the film festival with educational materials about the Wilderness Preservation Act and will also show a film about it.
The film festival will start at 7 p.m. in the Boathouse Theatre. The Wilderness Anniversary film will start at 6 p.m. also in the Boathouse Theatre.
On Monday, Carol Foldvary-Anderson (with 25 years experience as a successful commercial artist) will offer a seminar for artists called Make Art Your Business. Participants will take their art to the next level and their creative efforts will pay off as they learn how to grow an arts business. The seminar covers conventional and some unconventional ways to present art products and services and market and promote art as a business. The seminar is from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Valhalla Boathouse Theater.
On Aug. 14, Celtic folk favorites Men of Worth perform at the Boathouse for an evening of live music starting at 7:30 p.m. The following night, Aug.15 at 7:30 p.m., Lake Tahoe resident Anna Helwing, a classical vocalist performs with the Shotwell Trio. The Shotwell Trio, based out of San Francisco, is Lewis Patzner on cello, Elektra Schmidt on piano, and Adam Scow on violin. Helwig will explore the approach of romantic composers toward the universal themes of love, beauty, tragedy, and joy. The program will include instrumental piano trios by Schumann and Beethoven.
On Aug. 17 Valhalla presents the final in the free Concert on the Lawn series. This is a special free kids concert featuring the acclaimed children’s act the Banana Slug String Band. The music is original and full of inspiring positive messages about taking care of each other and the environment. Everyone, especially families, are invited to bring a picnic to the Grand Lawn at Valhalla from noon to 2 p.m.
Valhalla has enjoyed sold out shows and positive feedback from the community on the selection of musical artists and the theatre productions. To close the 2014 festival season, Valhalla offers a concert featuring the United States Air Force woodwinds band, the Golden West Winds from Travis Air Force Base on Aug. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Boathouse Theatre. The versatile Golden West Winds perform a varied assortment of chamber music, ranging from the works of baroque masters to the ragtime of Scott Joplin — music that is ideal for all audiences. As a way to say thank you for the wonderful support of the patrons and the community and to acknowledge the tremendous sacrifice of citizens who serve in the Armed Forces, this concert will be free.
Folks interested in attending the Valhalla Art, Music and Theatre Festival can visit the website for more information and to purchase tickets at www.valhallatahoe.com or call the office Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 530-541-4975.